Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Still talking about gels...

I went to the Trail Store for the first time to pick up some Endurolytes and Recoverite for the big day...loved that place!

I'm still trying to get a handle on how many gels/blox I should put away during the marathon.

Here's a sampling of opinions on the matter:
- 1 per hour
- 1 at mile 6, 12, 18 and 24 (or 5, 10, 15, 20, 24)
- 1 every 12 minutes (the Lance Armstrong method)

I've got an iron stomach when it comes to gels, but I think that 1 every 12 minutes would make me throw up fo' sho'.

No matter what schedule I settle on, there's no way I can carry all of this stuff with me. My SPI belt is handy, but if you load it down too much it bounces (and looks like a fanny pack).

I guess I'll just have to rely on my pit crew (Hubs, Mom and Dad) to hook me up during the race.

Speaking of which, I'm still looking for an Official Hair Braider to join my crew. Must have experience with unruly hair. Let me know.


  1. ohh i so do not braid hair! sorry good luck in the search!

    my meal WAS mui bien!

    whee electrolytes! I would say eat however you have been/feel comfy.

    For me every 5 miles is good- but some days I need more of an energy boost so I would shorten that or have a few blocks instead of 1.

    I still stay stick with the goo.

  2. I have 25 years experience with unruly hair! Not so much with the braiding though...

  3. Hmmm I wish I had fueled more during my 1/2. How about every 3-4 miles? That kind of splits the difference...


    Ew, that's a lot of gels, haha!

  4. I'll see if I'm runner enough to hang with the Trail Store people Saturday. I braid but I only know the Asian way of pulling hair to the point of screams and twisting it into two little buns on the top of the head adhered by a billion hair pins. And herringbone braiding. I dreamed I ran in curlers and they were surprisingly secure.